Didn't get yourself onto the NBN roll-out map before the election was called? That's ok, lots of people didn't. Take solace in the fact that internet service provider TPG is about to spend a boatload building its own 100Mbps fibre-to-the-building network with plans priced at ADSL2+ levels!
The Fibre-To-The-Building (FTTB) product expansion was announced in TPG's annual results today and was first spotted by the AFR.
The FTTB plan will see TPG deploy "very high-speed broadband services to customers at ADSL2+ prices". TPG already has a few areas connected to its FTTB network, but today's news is about an expansion.
500,000 units across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide are already in design, and the plan will see customers pay $69.95 for unlimited downloads, home line rental, unlimited local calls, 100 international minutes per month and a Wi-Fi modem to boot. Is this the unicorn of all internet plans or what?
The 100Mbps is a theoretical maximum speed, of course, and every customer will be subject to a $129.99 set-up fee in available areas.
We're not exactly sure when the network expansion will be complete, but we're reaching out to TPG this afternoon to find out.
Meanwhile, the swathe of spectrum that TPG bought from the government at the Digital Dividend auction will come into play in October 2014, and will be used for "value added service for TPG customers [with] FTTB [and] NBN".
TPG is kicking its plans to be a real player in the telco and ISP space up into high-gear! [ASX]